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Catalyst AV Specialty AV Products Distribution Network Appoints Custom Partners, LLC to Serve Metro-NY Territory

Burlington, MA – August 12, 2013 – Nationwide specialty AV products distribution network Catalyst AV — which formed in December 2012 — has filled its metro-NY slot with the appointment of Custom Partners, LLC.

Custom Partners was founded in 2003 by Rich Radimer and Ron Wood – both principals of independent sales rep firm Proact Sales. Along with distribution manager Bryan Bentley, outside salesman Mike Baker, and sales manager Patty Russo, the distribution company has more than 100 years of combined experience selling consumer electronics.

By way of the affiliation, Custom Partners picks-up many Catalyst AV lines including Vivitek projectors, ICE Cable, Perfect Path cables, Vanco accessories, Catalyst AV HDMI interconnects and ClearView surveillance.

”The timing is great for Custom Partners joining the Catalyst AV group,” says Chris Wyllie of Long Island-based integration shop S.E.A.L Solutions. “Custom Partners’ warehouse is easy to get to from all 5 boroughs of New York City and Long Island. For a business like mine, where we’re constantly on the road, having value-added lines like this easily accessible to us makes all the difference in our day-to-day operations.”

With the addition of Custom Partners, the Catalyst AV network grows to 12 member companies totaling 18-locations stateside, bringing the amount of integrators served to more than 14,000.

The Catalyst AV member companies are:
• Allnet Distributing (www.allnetdistributing.com) (Midwest)
• Audio Video Warehouse (www.av-warehouse.com) (Nevada, Arizona)
• Custom Plus Distributing (www.customplusdistributing.com) (Pacific NW / Alaska)
• Easy Access Distribution (www.easyaccessdistribution.com) (Northeast)
• Electronic Lane Distributors (www.electroniclane.com) (Southwest)
• Electronics Source (www.electronics-source.com) (Florida and Southeast)
• Electronic Stockroom (www.electronicstockroom.com) (California)
• HCA Distributing (www.hcadist.com) (Rocky Mountains)
• Pioneer Music Company (www.pioneermusicinc.com) (Plains States)
• SPD (www.spmreps.com/sound-product-distributing) (Upstate NY)
• Tech Source Distributors (www.techsourcedist.com) (Mid-Atlantic)
• Custom Partners (www.custompartners.com) (Metro-NY)

Custom Partners LLC is located at 151 Fairchild Avenue, Unit 4, Plainview, NY 11803.
Phone: 516.352.7533; Fax: 516.352.7923. Website: www.custompartners.com.

About Catalyst AV
Founded in 2012, Catalyst AV is a network of 12 independent consumer electronics distributors serving the residential and professional AV channels in the U.S. Catalyst AV grants manufacturers a consistent and cohesive nationwide distribution model to more than 14,000 professional integration specialists. Catalyst AV benefits integrators by delivering all the products and support necessary to execute the demands of job specifications with confidence.

ENTASYS Helps Historic Navy Chapel Improve Coverage and Intelligibility

The Naval Academy Chapel is a historic focal point for the U.S. Naval Academy and the city of Annapolis, Maryland. Dedicated in 1908 and remodeled in 1940, the Chapel underwent an extensive restoration in 2009. Its classic cruciform design centers on a 121-foot-high dome, seats 2500 worshipers and includes a 268-rank pipe organ.

The Chapel’s large volume, hard surfaces and large, high dome present substantial acoustical issues. As a result, the Chapel has always suffered from poor speech intelligibility and uneven coverage. In an attempt to deal with these issues, the Chapel tried several different sound systems including a distributed system and a pew-back system. Finally, in 2010, while operating with an unsatisfactory mix of these different systems, the Chapel published an RFP asking for proposals for an entirely new sound reinforcement system.

After an extended, formal evaluation of several proposals, the Chapel chose a design presented by DFX Sound Vision of West Berlin, New Jersey. To improve intelligibility in the Chapel and solve its coverage issues, DFX proposed a design based on Community Entasys column line arrays. “We knew we had to keep sound out of the dome as much as possible,” said Drew Juliano, DFX’ Design Engineer, who designed the new Chapel system. “So we installed an Entasys triple-stack on each side in the front and added an Entasys double-stack on each side towards the rear to cover the mezzanine and choir loft. Entasys’ narrow vertical coverage helped us keep sound away from the ceiling and the dome and its wide horizontal coverage helped provide even coverage throughout the seating areas.”

DFX completed its installation in late 2012 and aimed the Entasys stacks with a laser to avoid slap echoes from the back wall. They added delay to the rear stacks to match the sound arrivals from the front. And, they carefully adjusted levels of the individual loudspeakers to get even coverage throughout the Chapel.

“System aesthetics were very important to the Chapel,” said DFX’ Sales Manager Rene DiPeri. “We provided them with a rendering of the installed loudspeakers as part of our proposal,” she continued. “So, Community custom-painted the Entasys columns to an RAL color number we provided, and we took care to match all of our work to the Chapel’s interior design and colors.”

The Chapel hosts religious services for several faiths as well as weddings, funerals and other services. DFX added a Crestron touch-panel control to reconfigure the system to match the needs of these varied events. A Digidesign digital mixer is available for special events that need extra microphones and a professional operator. DFX completed the system with a BSS DSP system and Crown power amplifiers.

“The Chapel is very pleased with the system’s intelligibility and coverage,” said Juliano, “and we provided a service contract so we can continue to train new users and adjust the Crestron settings as their needs change.”

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Electrosonic Helps Launch Space Shuttle Atlantis Exhibit, Newest Attraction at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex near Orlando just unveiled its latest blockbuster space exploration attraction, Space Shuttle AtlantisSM, at what is now the new home of the historic spacecraft. Working in concert with the operators Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts as well as with the designer firm PGAV Destinations, Electrosonic participated in the four-phase design consulting process, after which they completed the AV integration and installation of the headline attraction.

The 90,000-square foot exhibit tells the story of NASA’s Space Shuttle Program with multimedia presentations that feature more than 60 interactive exhibits and AV simulators. These give visitors a look at the 33 missions of Atlantis, including the maintenance of the Hubble Space Telescope and the building of the International Space Station.

Earlier this year Electrosonic provided AV support for the reconfigured entry area into the park. Now the company has led the way in using leading-edge technology to give visitors an unparalleled up-close-and-personal experience with the mammoth orbiter.

Just as with the park’s entry area, Electrosonic’s Design Consulting team got the Atlantis project off the ground, serving as AV consultant to architects PGAV Destinations. Electrosonic’s Yiannis Cabolis was the designer of record. Gary Barnes was Electrosonic’s project manager and Toni Losier and Andrew Kidd the account executives.

“From the outset we wanted to combine the architecture of Space Shuttle Atlantis with technology in a way that had never been done before. The fact that Electrosonic already had a track record of delivering audio/visual systems to some of the biggest and most complicated attractions in Orlando was a big factor in our selecting them for the initial consulting,” says Emily Howard, AIA, project architect at PGAV Destinations.

After that consulting phase was completed Electrosonic was brought on board by Delaware North Companies, which manages the operation of the venue. “Throughout the installation process, the design consulting group within Electrosonic remained engaged, representing our interests as architects and exhibit designers and ensuring that the design intent and functionality were maintained and protected throughout the design-and-build process,” Howard notes.

After passing by the entrance with its full-scale vertical replica of Atlantis’s 18-story tall external tank and two solid rocket boosters, visitors enter the building containing the Atlantis attraction itself. Designed by PGAV Destinations in the form of two sweeping “wings” representing the Space Shuttle’s launch and return, the building’s outer layer is iridescent hues of orange and gold representing the fiery glow of re-entry while the shimmering gray tiles represent the underside of the orbiter.

Visitors ascend the entry ramp where 26 speakers, including ceiling and surface-mounted box types, are installed and fed by a multi-channel server in the Electrical Equipment Room (EER). They arrive at a batching area and begin learning about the history of the space program while an LED countdown clock shows the time remaining before the start of the next multimedia pre-show. The pre-show gives historical context to the upcoming exhibits, the role that Atlantis played in the Space Shuttle Program and how the program has paved the way for NASA’s next generation of manned space flight.

In the pre-show theater four Projection Design F35 2560×1600 video projectors are edge blended in a 2×2 configuration for the main screen’s immersive experience. Sixteen Projection Design F32 1400 x 1050 video projectors edge blended in groups of four add video content to four arches.

“This is a very high-resolution video mapping application not commonly associated with visitor attractions and the display of ‘museum-like’ artifacts,” Cabolis notes. The Projection Design units were chosen for their extreme reliability, color accuracy and the “bespoke installation options you need when you are designing for a project like Space Shuttle Atlantis,” he says. The show is controlled and synchronized using Medialon show control.

Eighteen speakers, including four subwoofers, deliver audio sourced from a 16-channel player/processor linked to the video servers through time code.

An 110×20 foot, 8mm LED wall acts as a backdrop to the orbiter. During the pre-show presentation it displays the earth as the Atlantis is revealed. The display is bolted onto a sub frame provided by Electrosonic and anchored from the back to the adjacent wall.

Electrosonic selected individual multi-head 7thSense custom-configured Delta media servers for the batching area, preshow and LED backdrop. “These servers are typically found in digital planetariums or as play-out media services in high-demand multimedia interactives and high-value attractions worldwide,” says Cabolis. “The servers are physically locked to each other so independent timelines can be frame-accurately triggered giving visitors a perfect continuous show as they progress from the batching area to the excitement of the orbiter Atlantis reveal.” Electrosonic also worked closely with Mousetrappe who created the spectacular content for the show.

Once out of the pre-show, visitors find themselves in the main exhibit space with the massive Atlantis itself. The orbiter is supported by numerous artifacts, interactive and simulation exhibits as well as two additional theaters.

The Hubble Close-up Movie Wall highlights the famed space telescope whose stunning images are displayed via two Projection Design F35 video projectors; eight speakers supply audio. A life-size model of the telescope is also on view.

The International Space Station Micro Gravity Theater gives a realistic view of astronauts aboard the ISS. It features a large TransScreen, a translucent membrane that acts as the projection surface for a pair of 10,000-lumen projectors installed behind, and at an angle to, the transparent material. Audio is fed to eight speakers, and a 26-inch touchscreen offers visitor interaction.

Interactive stations populate the entire Atlantis attraction. Three of the most interesting directly relate to the orbiter. The Crew Module AR consists of three multi-axis movable pods, which Electrosonic has outfitted with 26-inch touchscreens, small USB-powered line array speakers and webcams. Electrosonic also supplied four rotary encoders for each pod, which feed position information in USB form to a PC.

The Aft Fuselage AR is similar to the Crew Module with its three multi-axis movable pods and equipment complement. The Cockpit 360 interactive offers an encompassing view from the driver’s seat and features a 26-inch touchscreen with USB-powered line array speaker and four rotary encoders.

The STS Timeline presents visitors with six 55-inch LCD multi-touch displays installed in portrait mode at a slight angle to horizontal in a table configuration. They are fed by a PC and have dedicated line array speakers powered by local amps.

The International Space Station Media Wall is another bold display featuring seven 55-inch LCD multi-touch displays in vertical portrait mode. They are also fed by a PC and have custom low-profile speakers and amps.

Electrosonic designed the EVA, or space walk, interactive with three identical systems, each operating independently. A 65-inch LCD screen is installed at each exhibit along with a 3D depth-sensing system that allows the visitor’s actions to trigger the media application. A source PC, located at the exhibit, received data from the sensing system and triggers the media app. Audio is fed from the local PC to a passive micro line array speaker.

A series of simulators involve visitors even further in the space shuttle’s routines. Landing the Orbiter simulators comprise nine kiosks fitted with 26-inch displays, each connected to their own PC and small USB-powered speaker. Robotic Arm and Docking Station simulators consist of twelve separate kiosks each with four 19-inch displays; they are connected to their own PC and small USB-powered speaker. Electrosonic provided interfaces for one joystick and up to eight buttons for each of the simulator kiosks.

Finally, the Beanie Cap Floor Interactive, named for the “beanie caps” that covered the tops of the Space Shuttles on the launch pad, features an SXGA+ resolution projector, which Electrosonic custom-mounted to throw the image through a 45-degree mirror down to the floor. A sensing device connects to a server in the EER; four speakers deliver two channels of audio.

In specifying the audio components for the attraction Electrosonic opted for QSC’s Q-Sys Layer 3 hardware-independent IP WAN networked audio delivery technology for its scalability, low latency and flexibility. “Q-Sys monitors the QSC amplifiers via data port connectivity, which provides remote standby control, device status/monitoring and DSP processing,” Cabolis explains.

“This type of technology is typically used in themed entertainment. Because of its size, the attraction benefits from the Q-Sys technology, topology and monitoring features,” he notes.

According to Cabolis, the entire Space Shuttle Atlantis attraction “required very intense concept creation by PGAV Destinations, which, in turn, inspired the rest of the design teams and consultants. Throughout the various project phases we got to experience the NASA hospitality and were allowed to view, up-close-and-personal, various artifacts that for some of us – like myself – had a very special meaning. It was the desire to give visitors that same kind of emotional connection with the NASA program that drove us. I feel very privileged to have been part of this team. We couldn’t be happier with the results.”

About Electrosonic
Electrosonic is an international audio-visual company that creates tailored, state-of-the-art solutions for a wide range of markets including theme parks, museums, control rooms, and corporate meeting rooms. Since its founding in 1964, Electrosonic has built a strong reputation for working on complex projects, both large and small, and has developed lasting partnerships with customers and suppliers. Beyond complete integrated systems, Electrosonic provides a comprehensive scope of services including technical design, projector lamp sales, maintenance and operational support.

Learn more about Electrosonic. Visit http://www.electrosonic.com

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DVEO Launches Portable Dual Input SDI/HD-SDI Live Streaming & Encoding Appliance with Touch Panel Control — Compact System Weighs Only 7.4 Pounds/3.36 Kilograms

Mamba DIG/IP Portable Streamer-Encoder

Portable SDI/HD-SDI to IP Streamer/ Encoder with Touch Panel Control – Mamba DIG/IP

New Mamba DIG/IP™ Encoder will be Featured at IBC 2013, is Ideal for Electronic News Gathering and Live Streaming

San Diego, California — August 12, 2013 — DVEO, the broadcast division of Computer Modules, Inc. (CMI), is now shipping their new live portable light weight HD-SDI to IP streaming appliance with HD-SDI in that delivers content to iPads, laptops, OTT televisions, and mobile devices via IP. DVEO will debut the new system at Stand 2.A34 at the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) in Amsterdam, September 13-17.

The Mamba DIG/IP™ is only 12.25 inches long and 8.25 inches wide. It connects to two simultaneous uncompressed SDI or HD-SDI video inputs from cameras, editing systems, or video servers, and supports simultaneous IP input. Optional versions are available for a single HDMI input or 4 analog (composite) inputs, instead of SDI/HD-SDI inputs.

The device can create multiple simultaneous high, medium, and low bitrate H.264 HD or SD IP streams and sends them to smart phones, tablets, and content delivery networks (CDNs). It outputs two 1080i/p streams, or one 1080 i/p and one 720p HD stream, or six SD streams. The IP transport streams can be provided with most industry standard protocols, including UDP, RTP, or IGMP, and wrappers such as HLS, RTMP, RTSP, etc.

The Mamba DIG/IP features an LCD touch screen for monitoring and front panel controls. An easy-to-use management interface is used for setup and configuration and can be run from anywhere via the public internet. Different configurations can be saved at any time. Remote management (SNMP, REST or SOAP) and multi level security are built in.

“The new Mamba DIG/IP combines portability and ease of use with true HD video quality, 24×7, for webcasting and streaming,” stated Scott Grizzle, Product Manager for DVEO. “We recommend it for electronic news gathering, streaming live video from events, concerts, sporting events, corporate training, and religious services. The Mamba is designed for a solo webcast/streaming engineer to show up to an event and grab a video or source feed. Once they have the feed they can use the front panel to change the IP address and destination and start and stop the streams. For the full blown capabilities the user can log in remotely and customize more. This allows one webcast engineer to control multiple machines and customize for optimal delivery. So in all actuality, the unit could be shipped to a live event preconfigured and anyone can make onsite changes while not changing the overall delivery.”

The system is also available with HDMI or composite input instead of HD-SDI input. Another option is DVEO’s built-in Live+Anytime Server™ live media distribution server.

Audio output is AAC, Ogg Vorbis, optional MP3, optional MPEG-1 Layer II, or optional “SurCode for Dolby Digital” AC-3. Supported resolutions include qHD, H.264up, QCIF, QVGA, CIF, 480i, 480p, 576i, 720p, or any custom size up to 1080p.

The system runs on an Intel® 4 core i7 based CPU. The application runs on a “minimal” UBUNTU Linux® kernel.

The Mamba DIG/IP is compatible with major brands of IP devices including DUNE HD™, Amino™, Roku, Atlanta DTH, and Apple iPad® and iPhone®. It is also compatible with major brands of CDNs and H.264 decoders. The device is certified for use on Eutelsat Ka band systems.

Supplemental Information for Press Release

Features – Mamba DIG/IP™

  • Supports both HD and SD H.264/ MPEG-4 AVC encoding with “virtual” stream replication
  • Touch screen LCD for control
  • Inputs: Two SDI or HD-SDI inputs, one GigE IP input
  • Optional single HDMI input, or 4 analog (composite) inputs, instead of SDI/HD-SDI inputs
  • Outputs: Multiple simultaneous IP streams through GigE port (RJ45), SDI or HD-SDI video loop through
  • IP Output protocols: HTTP Live (HLS), HTTP, UDP, RTP, RTSP, multicast and unicast with transport stream envelope, HTTP Smooth, FTP, RTMP (Open Flash), or WMV9 with HTTP/ASF
  • Support for segmented streaming: Apple® HTTP Live and Windows® HTTP Smooth. These streams can be played by Apple® and Android devices as well as Silverlight and Flash Clients.
  • Able to upconvert incoming SD streams to HD, and scale down
  • Can publish streams to CDNs
  • Supports M3u8 playlist files (standalone and through HTTP Live)
  • Supports H.264 High Profile @ Level 4.0 (HP@L4)
  • Supports 1080i, 1080p, 720p, 480i, 576i, 480p, CIF, QCIF, qHD, H.264up and many others, and custom resolutions
  • Creates simultaneous High, Medium, and Low bitrate streams
  • Audio Input: SDI Embedded, AC3 Embedded, or AES/EBU

  • Audio Output: AAC, Ogg Vorbis, MPEG-1 Layer II, optional MP3, and/or optional “SurCode for Dolby Digital” AC-3
  • Tested to work with Wowza®, Adobe® Flash®, and RealNetworks® Helix® servers
  • Tested compatible with major brands of IP devices including DUNE HD™, Amino™, Roku®, Atlanta DTH, and Apple iPad® and iPhone®
  • Tested compatible with major brands of H.264 decoders
  • Supports 10-20 users – 500+ with LiveServer™ option
  • Configure and operate via Remote GUI
  • SNMP or REST or SOAP remote management
  • Low power consumption due to Ivy Bridge Intel® CPU
  • Optional built-in Live+Anytime Server live media distribution server/VOD server
  • Dimensions: 8.25 x 12 x 8.5 inches, 210 x 305 x 216 mm (WxLxH)
  • Weight: 7.4 pounds, 3.36 kilograms
  • Suggested Retail Prices:
    Mamba DIG/IP – Dual SDI/HD-SDI Inputs, IP Out: $5,995 U.S.
    Mamba HDMI/IP – Single HDMI Input, IP Out: $5,895 U.S.
    Mamba CVBS/IP – 4 Composite Video Inputs, IP Out: $5,995 U.S.

    DVEO, Live+Anytime Server, Mamba DIG/IP, Mamba HDMI/IP, and Mamba CVBS/IP
    are trademarks of Computer Modules, Inc.
    All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.

    About CMI and DVEO
    CMI, founded in 1982, is a privately held company headquartered in San Diego, California. DVEO, the Broadcast Division of Computer Modules, Inc., sells digital video and high definition television (HDTV) products to the top television broadcast companies throughout the world.

    For more information on CMI and DVEO, please contact Rebecca Gray at +1 (858) 613-1818 or rebecca@dveo.com. To download DVEO’s press releases and product images, visit the news section at www.dveo.com.

    DVEO, 11409 West Bernardo Court, San Diego, California, 92127
    Web: www.dveo.com phone: +1 (858) 613-1818, fax: +1 (858) 613-1815

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